Now you can Relish a mix of Stir It Up songwriters from home on Sundays | 200809Su | Shows for Sunday, August 09, 2021

‘Stir It Up Someday’ album cover

I was happy to see the other day that Relish Bar and Grill in east TO has started to bring musicians back to its stage.

The club, which offers amazing tapas food that now you can actually enjoy while sitting inside the space at 511 Danforth Ave. (as well as via their takeout and delivery options) this weekend had acoustic instrumentalist Gary LaRocca on hand to entertain during the dinner hour.

Yesterday the room also brought back the popular Saturday afternoon matinee featuring Danny Marks and his combo —but unfortunately, while the show was streamed online to enjoy, the room was apparently closed to the public during the performance.

Still missing in action, as well, is the Sunday night Stir It Up jam with hosts David Macmichael and Paul Brennan, about which I’ve written many times, including on the occasion of its tenth anniversary this past February, just before COVID struck.

However, now you can enjoy some of that Sunday Stir It Up spirit from the comfort of your own home —not by streaming a live event or watching a video but by owning a copy of a new whopping 27-track compilation album the club has released.

As the blurb describing the album on says: “Beauty blooms from the gloomy darkening of East Toronto’s premiere long running weekly open stage.”

Cleverly entitled Stir It Up Someday, the disc is dedicated to the memory of the late Steven David Morrison, who was a staple of the event for many years and whose apparently still mysterious death in June while in the U.S. I wrote about at the time.

All the tracks are live performances recorded  off the floor at the event, so you not only get the awesome music as it happened (with all the surprises live performances at jams often offer) but also catch some of the flavour of being in the room, which is its own very appealing upside of this wonderful event.

In addition to Macmichael and Morrison, some of the performers include Dean McKinnon, Felix & The Cats featuring Robert Pelletier, Tyler Ellis, Sandra Bouza, Julian Taylor and Jace Traz.

Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before this event is back in action live but in the meantime you can stream all of the songs and purchase the album or any of its individual tracks for whatever price you want to pay by visiting its page on

-By Gary 17,
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11am-4> Mark & Marichka Marczyk for Bella’s Brunch on patio @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO Central ~Worldbeat: Yiddish klezmer

2-6> Mark LaForme Band @ Carrigan Arms Pub, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country; $10

3-7 weekly> acoustic open mic with host Tony Oldland @ Crossroads Restaurant, 3476 Danforth Ave, TO East ~COVID protocols in place

4-7> Burt & Jon Steen of Harvest Moon @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke ~acoustic Pop covers/originals; $5

6-9> The Zimmermen, Linz Ritts and David Lewis perform live from front porch @ 485 Douglas Ave., TO Uptown (next to Woburn Park) ~Roots-Rock

7-11> DVSN @ CityView Drive-In, 20 Polson St. TO Central also streaming live on website ~contemporary original; $


Midnight – Midnight weekly> York Region Virtual Open Mic -with host/moderator Steffi Postol Goodfield; post your performances on York Region Open Mic page on Facebook & view there or on York Region Open Mic website Virtual Open Mic page  

*3am-5am weekly> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)

*6am, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm weekly> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ ~Blues 

9am weekly> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ ~ artist interviews and tracks

9am-10am weekly> “Session Notes” with Glenn Crosse on 91.1 JAZZ FM and online on website ~Jazz

10am-Noon weekly> “The Big Beat Bar-B-Cue Radio Show” with Matt Allen @88.7 FM, The Bay, Hunters Bay Radio, or tune online @  ~Rock/R&B

Noon-10:30> “Women In Song” festival presented by FabCollab live from Small World Music Centre, with 6 artists: 12-12:30 pm: Tamar Ilana feat. Lia Grainger (flamenco/world); 2-2:30 pm: Nastasia Y (Slavic soul); 4-4:30 pm: Eliana Cuevas (Latin jazz); 6-6:30 pm: Naghmeh Farahmand (Persian rhythms); 8-8:30 pm: Samidha Joglekar (Classical Indian);
10-10:30 pm: Lauren Barnett (Electro acoustic); streaming live on Facebook ~Worldbeat

1> Bjork performs live with choir and organ, streaming on website ~contemporary original; $

2-4 weekly> Dan McVeigh performs “The Songs of Neil Diamond” solo live streaming on Facebook ~Country songwriter

2> Amanda Martinez performs live for TD Niagara Jazz Festival streaming live on Facebook and on YouTube ~Jazz

2 weekly> Coronafest Open Mic for housebound musicians with host Barb Scott and pre-submitted videos streaming on Facebnook ~songwriters

3-4> Cassandra Rutherford performs covers and originals streaming live on Facebook ~songwriters

3-3:30> “Niagara Loves Home Concert Series” presents live jam with Rob Repovs, Jesse Lamothe and Maeve Davis streaming live on Facebook page ~eclectic

4-5> “Summer Music in the Garden at Home” with Canadian Guitar Quartet (Julien Bisaillon, Renaud Côté-Giguère, Bruno Roussel, Louis Trépanier) for Harbourfront Music Garden streaming live online on website ~Classical

4-5> JazzInToronto presents Dan McCarthy streaming live on Facebook ~Jazz

2> Jayme Lynne performs original songs from new album streaming live on Facebook ~original Country/alt-Country

4 weekly> “Georgian Bay Roots” official show of Summerfolk Festival @ CFOS AM 560 (simulcast on  ~music & songwriter interviews

5-8 weekly> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM

5-6> Jay Harmony with Dorrett Delores and Robert Paterson streaming live on Facebook ~Blues/R&B/Soul/Jazz

7-8> Jacques Russel Trio featuring Michel Neray and Abbey Sholzberg performs live and streamed on Facebook and following event posted on YouTube ~Roots-Rock/Jazz/Pop

7 bi-weekly> Toronto Songwriting School presents Masterclass session with guest Dan Bern and host Murray Foster streaming live on Facebook; ~songwriters; $pwyc

7-10> RBC Bluesfest Drive In with Moscow Apartment; Mari-Clo; Eli Rose; Mehdi Cayenne; Blakdenim; Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine streaming live on YouTube ~eclectic

7-11> DVSN performing live from CityView Drive-In streaming live on website ~contemporary original

7> Yosuke Kawasaki & Jessica Linnebach with Canzona Chamber Players perform for St. Michael’s Hospital Courage Fund in memory of Elizabeth Krehm, streaming live on YouTube ~Classical; $donation requested -visit website  

7> #NiagaraPerforms Free Live online concert series with Saint Stone performing live from FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, streaming on website, on Facebook and on YouTube ~Classical

8-9> desiFest presents “Sofa Sessions” with Dr Sapan and Dr Jyoti streaming live on Facebook ~Worldbeat: Hindustani Sangeet

 8 weekly> “What Are You At” TV broadcast with Tom Power ~interviews, entertainment news & more @ CBC-TV

9pm-midnight weekly> 60s, 70s Soul, Jazz & Funk Cape Town/UK LIVE on FM Radio & Online Worldwide     

9-10 weekly> Soundbath Sundays with Jesse Buck & Friends on website   

*9:30-10:30 daily> “Q” TV broadcast with Tom Power with segments from @TheCurrentCBC, interviews, entertainment news & more on CBC-TV


“RESIDING” items are those which are not time-sensitive and can be accessed 24/7

RESIDING> video of Laura Hubert Trio live @ balcony of Senator Restaurant July 17, 2021 on Facebook ~Pop Jazz with punch

RESIDING> video of Laura Hubert Band cover of “Loralei” @ Jazz Bistro filmed by Xpand Studio, on YouTube  ~Jazz (0:4:47)

RESIDING> audio track of Laura Hubert Band cover of “Lazy Bones” + two more from One Night In Kensington live album, on website  ~Jazz (0:4:47)

RESIDING> “A Nay Kleyd” (Rachel Korn) video by Lenka Lichtenberg with band, residing on YouTube ~Worldbeat: 1947 Yiddish poem set to music (0:04:59)

RESIDING> Catherine Thompson lyric video of original song “Only Lonely Me” from forthcoming Wild Cat album, residing on YouTube (0:02:53)

RESIDING> video of set by Screamin’ Evil Blues Band featuring Keith Danby residing on Facebook ~Blues-Rock (1:03:46)

RESIDING> Q&A Duo (Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams) perform outdoors in Tony’s backyard for Emmet Ray Presents concert series residing on Jazz In Toronto Facebook page ~Pop/Jazz (1:02:13)

RESIDING> “In Memoriam” Juno Tribute video to Canadian Artists who passed away in 2019 including Pete Otis residing on YouTube (0:05:49)

RESIDING> Wayne Smith video performing “Big Rock Candy Mountain” (Harry McLintock) on YouTube ~Roots (0:02:56)

RESIDING> Al Reilly’s Catalyst with Dan Walek & Mikey Roland perform “Make M~original Rap/Hip-Hop; $e Do Anything You Want” (Foot In Coldwater) residing on YouTube  ~classic Rock (0:03:50)

RESIDING> Bill Heffernan performs video collage of “Hide Out Refugee” original song, with Lucas Stagg, Jimmy Bowskill, Kenny Yoshioka and Alec Fraser on YouTube ~original Roots (0:04:34)

RESIDING> Margaret Stowe with Tony Quarrington, Ian Bell, Bob Bratina, Ian Thomas, Sonny Del-Rio, Jeff Bird & Michelle Josef performing on collaborative at home video of “Dr. Jaffrey Song” (about 1918 flu treatments developer) dedicated to Canadian Blood Services Plasma for Life, residing on YouTube and MP3 track on Bandcamp (0:03:39)

RESIDING> David Love (with band featuring Bruce Nasmith, Peter Harris, Paul DeLong) performs cover of “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon” (Jonathan King) on YouTube ~ 60s Pop (0:03:06)

RESIDING> video of Screamin’ Evil Blues Band featuring Keith Danby & guest vocalist/bassist Dave “Tex” Bachelor performing cover of “Jesus Just Left Chicago” (ZZ Top) on YouTube (0:4:16)

RESIDING> mp3 of Harpin’ Norm Lucien original song “God Forsaken Blues” on Spotify ~original Blues (0:05:59)

RESIDING> video of jammers at “Bluesday Tuesdays” Blues jam hosted by Tombstone Bullets featuring Rocco Novia @ The Rockpile residing on Facebook ~Blues-Rock (0:01:18)

RESIDING> “Covid 19 Collaboration” remotely recorded montage video with several Toronto musicians performing “N.I.B.” (Black Sabbath) including James Alcock on vocals, Jenn Lady Evil, Roland Roxx, Dennis Camacho, John Robbie, Tim Smith, Sebastian Burnside, Josh Gordon (guitar), Nathan Smith, Anthony Cee, Deb Arruda, John De Medeiros, Dave Barrett, Torsten Braun, Scotty Rockss, Steve Gryzbala  on YouTube ~classic Rock (0:10:04)

RESIDING> Josh Gordon performs instrumental version of “Fortunate Son” (CCR) residing on Facebook ~classic Rock (0:02:57)

RESIDING> Against The Wind featuring Amanda Gordon and Josh Gordon montage video performance of “Like A Rock” (Bob Seger) on YouTube ~tribute to Bob Seger (0:07:10)

RESIDING> Wayne Neon performs cover of “Sunday Morning Coming Down” (Kris Kristofferson) video on Youtube ~acoustic Pop cover  (0:05:24)

RESIDING> The Giveback (Thomas McKay with Michaela May, Katey Morley, Mia Praught, Tara Slone, Stella Azzopardi, Brooke Palsson, Stacey Kaniuk, Steve York, Kathryn Rose, Rique Franks, Ben Spivak, Dominic Mancuso, Peter Serrado, Danko Jones, Julian Taylor, Tony Rabalao) video montage performing original song “Angels” (Thomas McKay/Tony Rabalao/Jonathan Evans/Michaela May/Jordon Zadorozny) to benefit frontline health workers and musicians going through tough financial situations, on YouTube (0:03:31) (donation requested on website)

RESIDING> cover of “Under Pressure” performed by 22 Port Credit musical artists including David Hines & Lynette Fairweather in video montage produced by Derek Lathrop on YouTube (0:04:48)

RESIDING> Rob Minderman mp3 for “Stir Crazy” original song for COVID songwriting contest on ~art-Pop (0:04:01)

RESIDING> Roger “Pops” Zuraw video for “Fine Weather Blues” original song from album Remembering The Lakeshore on You Tube ~songwriter (0:02:56)

RESIDING> Harpin’ Norm Lucien video for original song “Coboconk” on YouTube ~songwriter (0:03:32) 

RESIDING> The Young Novelists featuring Graydon James perform “Back To The Hard Times” and more on YouTube channel ~contemporary original

RESIDING> video of Chris Birkett & The Free Spirits performing original song “The Power of Our Love” from new album 11:11 on YouTube ~Funky contemporary Pop (0:04:49)

RESIDING> Fernando and the Sentimental Rebels featuring Fernando Curcione perform on video of “Mama Dear” for Mother’s Day on You Tube ~songwriter (0:03:45)

RESIDING> Lenka Lichtenberg performs original Yiddish song  about pandemic, “Amol geven a Tsayt” (“Once There Was A Time” to melody of “Those Were The Days” & lyrics by Hindy Abelson) with English singable subtitles on YouTube ~Ethnic Roots (0:04:30)

RESIDING> Robbie Rox talks to Roxanne Tellier in “Off The Beaten Tracks” Podcast on Instagram (0:21:55) ~spoken word

RESIDING> “Čekáme kdesi na konci aleje – Lyric Video” of original song by Lenka Lichtenberg on YouTube (0:04:23)

RESIDING> David Storey & band perform “We Are The Greatest” original song live at Free Times Cafe, video on Instagram ~songwriter (0:04:15)

RESIDING> video of Lynn Harrison performing “Living Room Concert” from home on Facebook ~songwriter (1:41:11)

RESIDING> One Eyed Oracle aka Boris Buhot) new album Really Small Town links on website ~original Rock/Pop

RESIDING> Dougal Bichan performs original songs “More Than 100”, “Two Chairs”, “Clarkstown Flood”, bagpipes solo & more on YouTube channel & on InstagramTV ~songwriter

RESIDING> Shawn Brady video performance of original song “The Ballad of Cinderella” with the late Hervé Basset on keys on Facebook ~songwriter (0:4:40)

RESIDING> Harpin’ Norm Lucien mp3 of new song “I Can Hear the Heartbeat (Of A Thousand Whales)” on ~songwriter (0:4:11)

RESIDING> Robbie Rox video channel featuring archival band videos of original songs spanning 40 years plus several recent recordings of original tunes solo acoustic on YouTube ~eclectic originals

RESIDING> Little Peter and the Elegants perform 11-song set covering Sha Na Na at Wheels On Danforth, August 2019 to celebrate 50th anniversary of Woodstock ~video on YouTuboe (0:30:11)

RESIDING> Late Fakirs featuring Greg “Harpfool” Shields perform continually growing collection of original tunes from “Corona-chan Collection” ~videos link on YouTube ~contemporary original

RESIDING>  Shawn Brady performs original song “Sideways 2020” video on Facebook ~songwriter (0:4:46)

RESIDING> Kathleen Lovett performs cover of John’s Prine’s “Sam Stone” acoustic solo on YouTube; (0:5:22)

RESIDING> Al Reilly performs “Still Loving You” Scorpions cover acoustic solo on YoutTube (0:6:17)

RESIDING> Doc Higgins performs original song “The Lonesome Death of John Prine” on YouTube; (0:4:36)

RESIDING> Robbie Rox performs original song “Small Things Make Me Happy” solo acoustic for Good Friday on Facebook ~songwriter; (0:1:25) 

RESIDING> Sebastian Agnello performs “Pour Me Another Tequila Sheila” @ Black Swan live in 2011 on Moon TV on YouTube; (0:2:54)

RESIDING> Kevin Jollimore performs “Stay the Blazes Home” for COVID protocols on YouTube ~ original Roots Rock; (0:3:20)

RESIDING> Drew Winters all ten tracks from Last Call In Montreal album on YouTube and on Spotify ~original Pop

RESIDING> Scott Rogers solo and with Maggie Keogh as Maggie & Mr. Rogers ~several videos on YouTube

RESIDING> Rob Minderman performs “Invisible Enemy” original song about COVID-19 on YouTube (0:4:00)

RESIDING> Wayne Neon and the Amazing Tubular Orchestra™ on Youtube: Social Distance Sessions live ~eclectic covers & originals (0:18:22)

RESIDING> Kathleen Lovett performs cover of “Sam Stone” by John Prine on YouTube; (0:5:22)

RESIDING> Susie Grooves & Company performs “Rhianna” at Southside Johnny’s on Facebook (0:3:44)

RESIDING> Eclectic Power Company featuring Graham Clarke covers “Wheat Kings (Tragically Hip) on InstagramTV (0:3:10)

RESIDING> Josh Gordon on Koch guitar solo for “Koch Quarantine Sessions” on YouTube (0:1:33)

RESIDING> Howard Gladstone performs original Roots solo on Facebook ~songwriter (0:5:32)

RESIDING> Kathleen Lovett performs solo on Facebook live ~Pop Rock/Roots/Blues covers (1:52:53)

RESIDING> David McLachlan performs two original songs recorded @ Bluebird Café, Nashville, on YouTube (0:8:02)

RESIDING> Alex Radeff & Donkey perform original song “Another Night At The Bar” on YouTube, recorded @ El Mocambo, December 1993 (0:4:20)

RESIDING> Howard Gladstone at Winterfolk XVIII performs “Crazy Talk” on You Tube ~songwriter (0:4:10)

RESIDING> Roger “Pops” Zuraw with Joshua-Walker & friends performs original song “Headboard Boogie” on YouTube ~songwriter (0:4:55)

RESIDING> The late Steven (David) Morrison performs original song “One Good Reason” with backing band at Relish open stage in 2013, on YouTube ~Country Pop (0:05:04)

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